Lazaros Papadopoulos is a Khimki player as of tonight.
After helping his team PAOK secure yet another win, this time over AEK away (73-80), Lazaros Papadopoulos announced his departure to Moscow, to play for BC Khimki.
The player had a 500 euros release clause since last season and after letting PAOK know about the offer from the Russian finalists, Papadopoulos agreed with them until the end of current season.
The player will be sending the signed contracts to Moscow tonight and will be there by tomorrow. So far Papadopoulos enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career averaging 11.5 ppg and 7.5 rbp in Greek A1 and 16 ppg and 12.2 rpg in Eurocup.
Papadopoulos said some harsh word about Greek basketball before leaving:
“I don’t need to talk about the current situation of Greek basketball because I don’t want to end up a joke for being always negative. The league is the mirror of everything going on. There is uncertainty, deterioration, violence in the arenas. I don’t let my children go to the games because the only thing they learn in there is swearing, throwing objects and chants promoting drugs.
It is a bad situation not only for basketball, but for entire society. And it only gets worse.”